The groundbreaking installation My Heart is with You Always, supported by international gallery White Cube, takes the form of a unique laser animation based on of one of Emin’s neon artworks.
The work will be on show on the façade of The Peninsula’s famous tower nightly, from 7:00 pm to 12:00 am between 8 and 18 May 2014, in the run up to the second Art Basel Hong Kong, from 15 to 18 May. This is the first time that a work of art has been projected onto The Peninsula Tower, and will be a highlight of the hotel’s “Love Art at The Peninsula” initiative; a series of projects that reflect the hotel’s commitment to supporting contemporary artists, and celebrating Hong Kong’s burgeoning art scene.
One of the most highly respected artists of her generation, and a leading light of the YBAs (young British artists (YBAs), Emin has created a moving image animation based on one of her famous neon artworks, featuring her signature handwritten style. My Heart is with You Always will be visible from across Victoria Harbour, creating a focal point along the city’s already dramatic skyline. The project follows on from Emin’s highly acclaimed project - I Promise to Love You, 2013 which lit up the billboards of New York’s Times Square, with digitally rendered neon Valentine’s messages.
Tracey Emin uses her life events as inspiration for works that reveal her hopes, fears, failures and successes. The neon artwork which the artist has transformed into a moving animation, My Heart is with You Always, is a beautiful and poignant example of this, suggestive of the opening line of a poem or the sign-off of a love letter, rendered in bright red and pink neon.
Emin’s art has always had its roots in the autobiographical, and her use of neon is reminiscent of the distinctive signs that clutter the seafront strip of her childhood home town of Margate, the once booming British resort. Like the neon lights of Hong Kong, such displays are at the service of advertising, while Emin reverses this and employs neon to communicate something quite different –acutely personal, sincere and tender. The proclamation of love speaks to the individual, while the nature of the installation resonates across a whole city and beyond.
Through its pioneering cultural programmes, The Peninsula Hong Kong seeks to engage both the hotel’s guests and the community of the city at large. With 85 years of storied heritage, Hong Kong’s Grande Dame pays homage to her beloved Hong Kong with a standout public art collaboration.
With the opening of the M+ Museum for Visual Culture, the jewel in the crown of the long-awaited West Kowloon Cultural District that is currently under construction just a few minutes drive away, The Peninsula is perfectly positioned to make an important and lasting contribution to the art dialogue taking place right on its doorstep.